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shop. It is of the highest importance that the
small house field be regained by legitimate
contractors, and the fundamentals of good
plastering be applied to this work."
Substitutes. "The abandonment of the small
house field, with no worthwhile industry,
care or supervision over it, has made it a
fertile field for [wallboard] substitutes, with
the natural encroachment of such substitutes into other types of building. When it
is considered that good plastering costs only
five or six cents of the construction dollar
and that substitutes approximate such cost,
it becomes a question of salesmanship and
of interest of the industry in this type of
work. The construction dollar is limited and
if we are to get our share of it, we have got
to make an unceasing fight for plastering."

RECAP

The government-controlled economy and
work project programs of the 1930s were
a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the
"New Deal" put millions to work. On the
other hand, government-run programs often gave the technical work of lathing and
plastering to unskilled laborers. True, the
industry survived. But not every company
and journeyman did. CPIA continued to
fight to establish high standards for work,
but new building materials and applications-"substitutes"-were on their way.
And so was another world war.

Maintaining Our
Competitive Lead
From a construction standpoint, last year
was one of the most productive in city history. According to the New York Building
Congress it is safe to assume that New York
has not witnessed this level of production
since the early 1970s.
To maintain our place in the bidding
wars, we have to be even more frugal in our
operations and run a tighter ship. Think new software, better use of communications, better management techniques.
Concern for this was highlighted at AWCI's Industry Executives' Conference & Committee Meetings held last October. A leading topic was Retaining the Right People and Building Your Talent Pool for Future Growth.
It addressed the current reality for the construction industry that there is not
only an insufficient quantity of craft workers, supervisors, managers and staff
for available positions, but also that the industry may not be appealing enough
to attract and retain the younger millennials or the upcoming Generation Z.
New York City hasn't felt the large-scale impact of this problem yet, but we
have to be ready for it if we want to continue to keep union work as the best
option for construction in New York. Replacing people who did not come
back after the recent recession or others who are retiring requires a significant
amount of new training both in the field and in the office. This may mean
providing educational opportunities, training classes and personal development for all levels of the workforce to maintain a competitive edge in our
industry.
John DeLollis
Executive Director

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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